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News, notes and observations from the Bay Journal staff.

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Two cities, and two bubbly creeks

Baltimore often looks to Chicago for inspiration on how to become a cleaner and greener city.

Like Baltimore, Chicago was a largely industrial city at the turn of the last century. Chicago had meat-packing, while Baltimore had shipyards, a steel maker and a host of chemical companies. Chicago had its namesake river, fetid and polluted from the stockyards’ cast-offs - carcasses, entrails and other parts of the cow that you don’t want to read about over breakfast.

Rona Kobell

Midday takes note of Baltimore's environmental wins

Midday on the May’s may edition will air Thursday, May 21, from 1-2 on WYPR. The show is produced in collaboration with Dan Rodricks, who hosts Midday every day.

Each month, we choose topics that correlate with the stories we are covering in the Journal, or want to cover in the future.

This show will be about urban environmentalism and the forgotten Baltimore.

Over the past few years, the Bay Journal has been taking a deeper look into environmental justice and urban stories. We’ve focused a lot on Washington, D.C., and Baltimore - in part because that is where we have reporters.

Rona Kobell
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Audubon award honors Rona Kobell

The National Audubon Society will honor Chesapeake Bay Journal staff writer Rona Kobell Wednesday at its 12th annual lunch Women in Conservation Luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Whitney Pipkin

Picture This

Tips from veteran Chesapeake Bay photographer Dave Harp about how to capture the perfect images from your outdoor travels.

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Pond paddle provides lovely setting for photos

I always try to get out and make some photos on the solstices and equinoxes,  and an assignment to illustrate a story about Trap Pond allowed me to chase the morning light there a few hours after this year’s Autumnal equinox.   It’s an amazingly beautiful patch of wild Delaware near Laurel and will be featured in the November issue of the Bay Journal.   The pond, created in the 18th century to power a saw mill to convert the trees into board feet of lumber,  is the epicenter of the northern most stand of bald cypress trees in the United States.   The relatively young trees in the middle of the pond were planted in the 1930’s when the water level  was drawn down to allow the trees to grow.    Once they’re heads are above the water they seem to do fine in an aquatic environment.  Be sure to look for a more complete story about Trap Pond State Park by Tom Horton in the November issue of the Bay Journal.

David Harp
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Order of Chaos

Photographers go to great lengths to make order out of chaos. A good photograph has a strong point of view, clean lines, generally good composition. In this case chaos IS the point. Anyone who has ever witnessed a flock of snow geese erupt into flight knows that the sight and sounds of those birds says chaos to the extreme.    This flock was photographed with a 200mm lens, 2x tele extender, Olympus E-5 camera, 1250/sec. @ f5.6. ISO 200. The scene was made at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge just after sunrise, thin cloud cover.

David Harp
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January morning along the Choptank River

It was a very cold pre dawn January morning along the Choptank River.   Out to capture some winter scenes (since we didn't really have winter last year). I found this ice encrusted plant and made a photo in the early morning light.    Wanting more drama in the photo I waited until the rising sun barely kissed it and made another exposure. Sometimes is pays to wait for the light.Both photographs were made with an Olympus E-5, 12-60mm lens at 21mm.  

David Harp

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